Modern children eat 23 teaspoons of sugar every day. This is the latest scientific evidence. Of course, they don’t scream wildly at the sugar bowls. It’s just that all processed foods – cottage cheese, chocolate and cereal bars, yoghurts, soda, cakes and rolls – contain huge amounts of sugar. Both adults and children eat them daily. To complicate matters, doctors are sounding the alarm: many are becoming addicted to sugar.
What is the danger of sugar dependence and how easy it is to wean a child from harmful delicacies that spoil health, says Jacob Teitelbaum. He has been dealing with this problem for 30 years and has written two useful books – “Without sugar” and “How to wean a child from sweets.” And here are some helpful tips from his experience.
Why is sugar addictive?
People have been eating sweets for thousands of years. Sugar is found in all natural foods. But he was always not a problem, but a delicacy. Today, more than a third of our calories we consume comes from sugar and white flour, which is added to food during production, and our body is simply not equipped to cope with such a huge dose.
At first, sugar gives a burst of energy, but after a few hours a person fizzles out, and he needs a new portion. In this respect, sugar is like a money lender who lends energy: it takes more energy than it gives. In the end, a person can no longer pay on a loan: his strength is at the limit, he is irritated, he is tormented by mood swings.
In addition to fatigue and psychological problems, sugar is associated with many long-term health problems.
Here are just some of the chronic health problems associated with excess sugar in food.
– Chronic fatigue syndrome.
– Many types of pain.
– Deterioration of immunity.
– Chronic sinusitis.
– Irritable bowel syndrome and spastic colitis.
– Autoimmune diseases.
– Metabolic syndrome with high cholesterol and hypertension.
– Heart diseases.
– Hormonal disorders.
– Infection with Candida and other yeasts.
– Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Taking all the sugar out of your child’s diet in one fell swoop can lead to scandals, tantrums, and powerful withdrawal. To avoid this and smooth over the rough edges, we will not over-meddle in children’s life. Everything will happen gradually.
As a result, new, healthier habits will be formed.
How to convince your teen to eat less sweets
Every parent knows how capricious teenagers are. It will take a lot of effort to lure the child “to the bright side”. In this age group, it is best to start by counting the amount of sugar children eat or drink per day, and then explain the health consequences. You can ask your child to calculate the daily amount of added sugar on their own, or do it together, depending on your relationship.
You should not give ultimatums to a teenager – this will most likely come out sideways.
Be specific when talking about the negative health effects of sugar. Excessive consumption of sweets increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, sports fractures, excess weight and, as a result, obesity. Sugar will cause more acne, cavities and other troubles.
If the information about the amount of sugar eaten and the consequences of a sweet tooth is unimpressive, bribery works well. Most, if not all, teenagers want more material goods: a new phone, a computer program, clothes, sneakers, money, sports equipment. You know your child and your financial capabilities like no one else, so choose a gift for him wisely.